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Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : The Department will continue to keep abreast of research developments both here and abroad. Together with the Home Office, we are hoping to fund, at an estimated cost of £300, 000, a three-year research project to study the prevalence and patterns of use of cocaine and crack.
Mr. Terry Fields : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quantities of voluntarily donated blood have been sold to private medical organisations ; what quantities have been sold abroad ; what are the amounts of profit accrued from these sales over the last 12 months ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Since 1 April 1984 charges have been made to the private sector to recover the costs to the NHS of collection, processing, handling and transport of blood. No charge is made for the blood itself, and no profit is made on any blood or blood components supplied. The last 12-month period for which complete records are currently held is the 12 months ending 31 December 1988. During that year 75,961 units of blood were issued to non-NHS hospitals. No NHS blood was
Column 370sent abroad during 1988. Blood collected by the NHS would be sent outside the United Kingdom only on humanitarian grounds, in cases of emergency. In such cases, again, no charge would be made for the blood itself.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley : Under current pay rates, which have been effective since 1 April 1988, the comparison between the basic rate for non -emergency basic ambulance man/woman grade and the emergency staff grades of qualified and leading ambulance man/woman is as follows :
|£ per annum ----------------------------------------------------- Ambulanceman/woman |7,340 Qualified ambulanceman/woman |10,093 Leading ambulanceman/woman |10,888
Staff in the London ambulance service receive an additional payment of £981 per annum.
Under the new rates offered by the management side on 5 December and effective from 1 April 1989 the comparison is as follows :
|Outside |London |London |ambulance |service |£ per annum|£ per annum ----------------------------------------------------------------- Ambulanceman/woman |8,001 |9,232 Qualified ambulanceman/woman |11,001 |12,384 Leading ambulanceman/woman |11,868 |13,305
In addition, emergency staff groups required to use paramedical skills gained from extended training to NHS training authority standard will receive an additional £500 per annum. The management side has also undertaken to agree with the trade union side, by 28 February 1990, a national framework for the recognition of staff specially trained, either locally to standards other than of the NHS training authority, or partially to those standards, with payments backdated to 1 April 1989.
Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those companies, voluntary and other organisations, other than health authorities and local authorities, which are involved in providing residential nursing care.
Mr. Trotter : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many additional staff will be provided in the North Tynemouth district health authority to support the new consultant post in trauma and orthopaedics which he recently approved.
Column 371a matter for the DHA concerned. I understand that additional staff are being provided to support the new consultant post. The hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman of North Tyneside health authority for details.
86. Mr. Morley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has considered the implications of the Schengen agreement and supplementary agreements ; and if he will make a statement.
87. Ms. Quin : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has considered the implications of the Schengen agreement and supplementary agreements ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Maude : The Schengen agreement is an arrangement between France and the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg to abolish land frontier controls between their countries. Their work is separate from the discussions on free movement of people which are taking place among all member states of the European Community.
We will naturally be interested in the experience of the Schengen Partners in reducing frontier controls.
Dr. Thomas : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what institutional links exist between (a) the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United Nations, (b) the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the North Atlantic Assembly and (c) the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Commission.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he received from President Roh of Korea during his recent visit when he drew attention to the concern felt by many people in this country about the way in which dogs and cats are reared and slaughtered for food in Korea.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 30 November, at column 419.
Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he received from the Korean Foreign Minister when he drew his attention to the revulsion felt by many people in this country at the treatment of animals in Korea.
Mr. Sainsbury : The Korean Foreign Minister indicated that he was well aware of the strength of feeling in Britain on this issue. The Korean Government have assured us that they are making strenuous efforts to prevent cruelty to animals.
Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made regarding the visa applications by the Vietnamese film director, Mr. Tran Van Thuy, and his cameraman, Mr. Do Khanh Toan, who wish to visit the United Kingdom between 21 and 27 December.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to raise at the European summit meeting in Strasbourg with his French counterpart (a) the prospects of France joining the 1968 nuclear
non-proliferation treaty, (b) the policy of the French Government regarding a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty and (c) the possibility of a joint Anglo-French officials working party to bilaterally discuss the non- proliferation treaty and test ban treaty.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise the issue of the fourth review conference of the non-proliferation treaty with his counterparts representing member states during the Strasbourg summit.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if further inquiries are to be made with the Czechoslovakian authorities arising from the more recent political development over its manufacture and exporting of Semtex.
Recent political developments in Czechoslavakia have not affected our exchanges which have resulted in a joint initiative for an international convention on the marking for detection of plastic and sheet explosives. This is under consideration in the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the ambassador of El Salvador has been called to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over the murder of six priests and others in El Salvador ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters and telephone calls he has received on the subject of Cambodia in the last month ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Clwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will set a timetable to honour the commitment to meet the United Nations target of providing overseas aid at the level of 0.7 per cent. of gross national product ; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list in the Official Report for each of the last 10 years the number of veterinary surgeons permanently employed by his Department ; and what is his estimate of the number of veterinary surgeons who will be required over each of the next four years.
Year |Number --------------------- 1980 |580.5 1981 |563.5 1982 |557.0 1983 |549.0 1984 |539.5 1985 |527.5 1986 |506.5 1987 |464.5 1988 |444.5 1989 |422.0
We foresee a need for an increase in the number of veterinary surgeons in the state veterinary service over the next four years, particularly for food safety work including meat hygiene. In April this year, Dr. Ewan Page was appointed to chair a committee to provide advice on this. Its report is awaited.
Mr. Martyn Jones : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what basis areas are selected for payment of suckler cow premia under the special provision of herd reduction due to natural circumstances.
Mr. Curry : In deciding which areas should be designated as being affected by drought account was taken of meteorological data on a county basis concerning rainfall levels and soil moisture deficits likely to result in serious depletion of natural fodder supplies.
Mr. Maclean : There is no statutory requirement for testing broiler chickens for salmonella. However, the requirements for testing and for the compulsory slaughter of infected flocks apply to broiler breeding flocks in order to minimise the risk of producing infected progeny.
Column 375Clark), Official Report, column 480, which three bovine somatotropin products have been authorised to undergo field trials ; and what is the location of the authorised field trials.
Mr. Maclean : The three recombinant BST products authorised for trials are those which have satisfied the safety and other requirements of the Medicines Act 1968. Further details, including the location of the trials, are notified by the companies concerned to my Department in confidence under the terms of section 118 of the Act.
Mr. Ralph Howell : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many (a) flocks and (b) birds, have been slaughtered as a result of Zoonoses Orders ; and what is the estimated number and value of loss of eggs which will result.
Mr. Maclean : Up to 1 December, 1,005,290 birds from 83 flocks infected with salmonella have been compulsorily slaughtered. It is not possible to give the details of the estimated number and value of loss of eggs which will result except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Maclean : There is no commercial source of supply of anthrax vaccine in the United Kingdom at present, so in the event of an outbreak my Department has plans to make a vaccine available on an emergency basis.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many prosecutions his Department initiated in each of the last three years in respect of offences under (a) the Protection of Animals Act 1911, (b) the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968, and (c) the Intensive Units Regulations ; and what was the date of the last conviction obtained by his Department under each of these provisions.
|<1>1987 |<2>1988-89|<3>1989 ------------------------------------------------------- 1911 Act |6 |8 |3 1968 Act |3 |3 |0 <1> 1 January to 31 December. <2> 1 January 1988 to 31 March 1989. <3> 1 April 1989 to present.
No prosecutions under the Welfare of Livestock (Intensive Units) Regulations 1978 have been instigated by my Department in any of the last three years.
Column 376The last convictions obtained were on 13 November 1989 under the 1911 Act, and on 26 May 1989 under the 1968 Act.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advice he gives the veterinary service concerning the use of caesarian sections on cows suspected of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Mr. Maclean : Caesarian sections are not advised for preparturient cows. However, if a cow is unable to calve normally a caesarian section may be carried out at the discretion of the veterinary surgeon. Such animals must be isolated in approved accommodation whilst calving and for 72 hours afterwards. The placenta, uterine discharges and bedding must be burned or buried.
Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much his Department has contributed in grant aid to farm pollution control under the Mersey basin campaign for every year since 1984.
Mr. Curry : This information is not available in the form requested. In the Crewe and Preston divisional offices, which cover the area including the Mersey basin and which spearheaded my Department's contribution to this important campaign, total expenditure on waste facilities under the agriculture improvement scheme, which ran from 1985 to 1988, was as follows :
In addition, prior notifications by farmers of intention to claim grant waste facilities under the farm and conservation grant scheme, which replaced the agriculture improvement scheme in February, were until the end of October :
506 notifications covering grant expenditure of £4,002,139. Preston
182 notifications covering grant expenditure of £209,164. My Department has also supported this campaign through intensive publicity and advice to farmers including visits to farms identified by the water authority and, more recently, the National Rivers Authority.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what date Her Majesty's Government became a signatory to the multi -annual guidance programme ; and who were the signatories on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.
Mr. Curry : The United Kingdom multi-annual guidance programme was approved by the Commission's Standing Committee for the Fishing Industry in accordance with the procedure laid down in article 47 of Regulation 4028/86 on 11 December 1987.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what dates the multi-annual guidance programme was debated in the House prior to Her Majesty's Government signing the agreement.
Column 377Mr. Curry : The entire MAGP was not debated but one of its main components concerning vessel grants was discussed in the House on 26 October 1987.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consultations his Department held with representatives of the fishing industry prior to agreement to the multi-annual guidance programme as part of the common fisheries policy.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what date and in which countries the 1978 Hague preference has been implemented by the European Community on behalf of coastal areas dependent on fishing.
Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals his Department intends to make to increase appointments to, and the responsibilities of, the Community fisheries inspectorate.
Mr. Curry : Under the common fisheries policy, enforcement is a matter for individual member states. The United Kingdom has, however, always been in the forefront in supporting the need for an effective Community inspectorate to ensure that member states meet their responsibilities. In recent years, the powers of the inspectorate have been strengthened, and it has become a real force throughout the Community. The inspectorate's complement has also been increased and currently stands at 18.